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turkey closes a major supply route to syria's opposition this after al-qaeda linked jihad to seize control of a key time and turn on rebel forces. the killing of an outspoken anti-fascist greece spiraling into violence with authorities now looking at the suspected murderers links with the far right golden dawn party. the son of libyan dictator muammar gadhafi has his war crimes trial adjourned until december it will still take place in libya despite requests by the international criminal court to ship him to the hague.
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and i welcome watching the scene with me andrey. now the civil war that stepha stated syria for more than two years has changed extensively from the initial conflict rebel forces and al-qaeda linked factions that once fought side by side in the anti sad push now pitted against each other in violent battles and reports suggest that increasingly the more radical elements appear to be gaining ground in the most recent incident they seize the strategic town of the turkish border and sing the free syrian army rebels jihadist and stormed the area on wednesday and in some of the heaviest fighting between the two factions yet the two times story sits on the key rebel weapons supply route raising fears that arms could fall into the hands of islamic militants assaults by al qaeda linked extremists have become a daily concern for syria's kurdish minority as well although the kurds managed to
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drive them out of a village this week more than twenty people reportedly died in the clash on both sides and as i mentioned all of this is happening near the border with turkey which according to some analysts should be more concerned about what's happening there. i think from now on turkey has to be much more careful rather police from a group radical islamist groups are not through for turkey because we know now because the doors groups are going to have certain real problems including chemical weapons that is rather for turkey to close down due to the border and control all the roads and i think it is in turkey centrist of course not only for our own security about for the for the security of the region. and president vladimir putin also warned about the rise of extremism in syria the statement came during his address to delegates at the valdai conference in western russia r.t. if you could peace can obvious following the gathering and joins us live now you go
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what has been said. well the russian president was once again the flamboyant speaker he's known to be talking but actually but to the point of not afraid of making jokes even about some of the more sensitive issues he commented on syria of course is slamming washington's plans and considerations of intervening militarily into the situation there saying that it's well known that many of these rebel groups are affiliated with international terror organizations like al qaida for instance which is acknowledged by washington for what's knowledge and not acknowledged is if emerging operation does take place what to do next. about it but still a little i did ask my western counterparts you're essentially backing the extremists ok let's imagine they come to power with your help what are you going to do next then try to shoot them from power it just doesn't happen that way i ask them what
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are you going to do that and their response is we don't know it's an open discussion well if you don't know what's the point of rushing headlong into that fight especially if you have no idea of how it might be like. the president also said it's now up to the u.s. congress to decide whether or not to strike syria but strictly up to the u.n. security council now the whole talk about a possible military intervention there began after the recent chemical attack in late august on the outskirts off of damascus which was now confirmed by u.n. experts about the president also reminded it still hasn't been determined which side used these chemical weapons. but said it was going. we are always talking about the responsibility of president assad if he had used the chemical weapons but not if the rebels did it what are we going to do with them
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we have every reason to believe that it was a provocation a smart provocation of course but that they can eat was very simple they used an old soviet missile which is no longer in service with the syrian army the key thing is that the missile carried the label made in the u.s.s.r. . now the general mood here at the club is that a peaceful solution is now possible the question is will all signs of the story keep their obligations and was it all about syria today. one of the other issues touched upon in the president's address was moral and moral values in general. the western civilization which was initially built on the religious christian values is now witnessing the rapid decline. maybe you've gotten with you we see many european countries rejecting their roots moral values
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in traditional identity their policies put a family with several children in the same level same sex marriage and believing in god in the same level as worshipping satan exists political correctness goes as far as seriously suggesting that registration of political parties that promote be the feely. not talking a bit more about minorities the president said that. all minorities have the right for their opinion and that has to be respected but another thing which has to be respected is the opinion and rights of the majority. ok thank you go that's. hugo piece going off thank you. for. the murder of a prominent anti fascist musician has sent greece into a frenzy with riots in clashes reported in different parts of the country the killer was reportedly a member of the far right golden dawn party his membership has surged as the
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country's economic misery has grown quickly became known for terrorizing migrants our correspondent sent this report basically a large group of protesters that clash with the police the police are holding their ground right now as you can see there's fires behind me tear gas is in the air for a little bit difficult to breathe here as you can see in front of me the police are trying to hold their territory on the other side there's basically a group of anarchists black bloc kids whatever you want to call them many of the protesters here have been picking up stones along the side. the road in fact if you can pan down you can see someone trying to pull out a fire stones on the ground from the clashes this smoke right here if we can pan to it that's tear gas so we're actually going to move away we don't really have. a safe safe area to go to are effectively stuck between the. protesters behind us and the ones you're seeing in front of us who are who are throwing anything they can
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get their hands on really people have come out here to this neighborhood to commemorate the death of a young man a young hip hop artist leftist leading i suppose who was murdered on tuesday evening by someone who was a self-confessed golden dawn member that's one of the sort of neo fascist parties that's been growing a lot more powerful here in greece which provided the fuel for the fire no pun intended for for for these tens clashes that really developed i mean basically while this is at heart an economic situation this and these economic tensions have really translated into social issues for example dividing communities some people have have been driven perhaps by desperation to join certain parties certain ideological divisions have been hardened and this is their results the result is a tinder box that unfortunately this particular evening erupted and came to a rather terrible clash while i watch what happened the greek government is not
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dropping hints it may try to go on the far right group is ninety third largest in parliaments and said to be growing fast george costanza a professor of constitutional law believes the rise of extremist sentiment in greece is directly linked to the state of the economy. and the majority with. it unfortunately. the rise of the new forces in the forces of minority. i said there must be some of the public sector. and of course not all violence the most of them but all of that has been a complete way the murder also i don't personally babysitter knew if i was the group the only called solution is a reverse use of stupidity or does it come back to live a mother over utopian source those things. that coming up for you wind of change in
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iran president rouhani seems to be steering his country to a more moderate future releasing political prisoners and promising new nuclear weapons we've got this story just after a quick break. how to anything be i.c.c. really easy to see you transfer it off it to vacate i'm in fact not many western leaders are actually interested in having him take this that many western countries do have an interest in being friends with with libya but potentially you know having say could be transferred to the i.c.c. at least most of it unites the support is.
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one of the new cultural phenomena like the polish face i think you know. pleasure to have you with us here on our team today i'm wrong researcher. hello again iranian president hassan rouhani has pledged a completely peaceful nuclear future for his country the statement has been generally welcomed by the international community and is seen as a step by to around towards a more moderate stance in the global political arena artie's arena portnoy takes a look now at what iran's new elected leader has already done. the great empire and
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its favorite nemesis for decades relations between the u.s. and iran have been ice cold but in recent months attitudes have been thawing as tehran and washington have taken steps to overcome years of hostility to begin with president hassan rouhani is appointment of foreign minister mohammad it is a reef was received positively by western officials this summer zarif a western educated former iranian ambassador to the u.n. has been called a worthy negotiating partner the appointment has been seen by some as an olive branch to the white house another optimistic development came in july when one hundred thirty one members of the u.s. house of representatives wrote a letter to u.s. president barack obama encouraging him to use the opportunity offered by president rouhani for the improvement of bilateral relations speaking of letters iran
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confirmed this week that president rouhani and president obama exchanged written correspondence rare contact between the leaders of two nations that cut off diplomatic ties in nineteen eighty in his letter mr obama indicated that the u.s. is ready to resolve the nuclear issue in a way that allows iraq to demonstrate that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes and on wednesday iranian officials released prominent iranian lawyer nasreen day from prison after being jailed for three years for her human rights work in the past the us fought actively for so today's release in addition iranian media reports that thirteen other political prisoners rounded up for involvement in the two thousand and nine anti-government protests had been released this comes as the rons new moderate leader who has promised more freedoms at home and constructive engagement with the world travels to new york for the united
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nations general assembly debate however on the. heels of mr rouhani is a rival the u.s. government is preparing to seize a thirty six storey manhattan skyscraper that prosecutors say is secretly owned and controlled by the iranian government a u.s. judge has ruled that the owners of this fifth avenue building known as the alvey foundation and asset corp transferred rental income and other funds to an iranian state owned bank a violation of u.s. sanctions this seizure could not calm at a worse time considering that the leaders of the u.s. and iran could possibly meet face to face next week reporting from new york marina r.t. . well let's get some insight on this and talk to a new role he joins us he is the chairman of the ludwig von mises institute and he has written extensively on relations between the u.s. and iran good evening to you know could all of these moves mean that the u.s.
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sanctions actually did their job. well it is their job but the attempt to starve the iranian people to punish the iranian people financially economically in every medically in every possible way in order to try to pressure the government is of course is. these are acts of war they were attacks on the civilian population and they're terrible in this most recent act of theft in stealing this this large fifth avenue office building it's just the latest act of aggression by the us but i think that there is less chance of awarded. because the american people are sick of these wars they prevented to the u.s. government from at least so far from bombing syria although the u.s. of course sent in all these jihad is to attack the syrians the syrian government but i think there's a last chance so i think maybe especially if mr putin goes to iran and comes up with a plan as he did in syria to look over the iranian nuclear program. and of course
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they're not allowed to have nuclear bombs unlike israel which has got hundreds of them nobody ever talks about. but still i think it's saying should should cooperate with the with russia. think it's possible that the u.s. will eventually back down on iran's atomic prize as long as it is paced full of course yes i think so not that they would they would love to bomb they would love to murder probably everybody in iran this is of course the u.s. empire happily kills people what a million people just in iraq so they have no compunction about the but politically another war especially with a country the size of iran is much more difficult for the u.s. regime so i think therefore you know there's much less chance of a war and again of mr putin can come up with an arrangement for international inspections of their or. my guess is peaceful atomic program if it's not peaceful
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it's because of course they're afraid of the u.s. and israel. might just. what is interesting here is that i have been insisting had in effect quite some time that iran is not going to create a nuclear bomb not that any has said it and made a similar promise everybody seems to be listening that night why the difference well out of there is also a recent statement from the chief religious figure in iran saying that it would be immoral and indeed sinful to be producing these kinds of weapons since of course they are aimed at you know killing large numbers of civilians those with these atomic weapons when that is when the us used them in world war two or might use them again they're designed to destroy cities and so they're they are inherently immoral but should never be used should never have been used and the iranian religious leader is right to have made this point so yes i think there's a peace train if we can quote that song moving and it's very much upset in the
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american government but they can't actually go against the will of the american people american people are sick of these wars. probably not as sick as they ought to be. from the standpoint of the people being attacked but the u.s. get out of iraq get out of afghanistan well we understand your point we have run out of time i'm afraid but thank you for giving your opinion here. chairman for that week on institute. secretary general anders fogh rasmussen has given a speech outlining the future of the organization he spoke about the alliance his current position on the syrian conflict and the challenges it's facing well for more on this some what's been said let's talk see form a member of the european parliament going forward mr thought forward sorry thank you very much for joining us today. according to mr ross moose and he said today that a strong night needs a strong europe including strong and united political commitment is that something
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the alliance is lacking at the moment. absolutely the problem is not money the program is lack of political will to actually work together the twenty eight members of the european union are probably collectively the second largest military spenders in the world but the impact we have with it is actually minimal because for a complete incapable of military integration and secondly political integration in terms of actually pursuing common goals one way around this will hope to improve things mr president said he's urging the e.u. nations to step up military spending to strengthen the alliance but how will this go down considering the financial measure a lot of members are in well firstly we should we should be strengthening if you will a military alliance by reducing military spending the problem is that the moment everybody buys their own if we actually started pooling operations or. even if you're an anglo french nuclear deterrent we could actually save money and be more integrated. the european parliament the head of the european parliament martin
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shultz also said recently that european states don't have a unified stance on syria how deep are the divides do you think. i mean there clearly are significant divides all on syria but in a sense everyone is going in the same direction but a very different speeds and also of course there's a reflection of public opinion very clear in the united kingdom for example if you want ed miliband stance of opposing an intervention was actually welcomed by a large majority of people not everybody by a large majority of people we have pour the use of chemical weapons but actually military intervention every time things people do terrible things is not the way forward and you think that in itself is holding nato back then from pushing for direct involvement in syria. well i mean sorry i. mean i think lack of a common approach is holding things back but what worries me about nato direct
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involvement seems to be sort of military involvement we need some we if we have a common political line with with nato sort of standing behind us that we might be able to get something done my view of a successful if you want cold policy is not one that automatically leads to if you want military intervention ok thank you we've run out of time there thank you for your opinion that's a former clean forward. the son of the late a libyan dictator colonel gadhafi has briefly appeared in court with his trial immediately adjourned until december saif al islam is accused of war crimes during the country's twenty eleven civil war the hearings are taking place near tripoli despite the international criminal court's many requests to send him to the hague paula slayer has the details of the case. twenty eight members of the former libyan regime are facing trial among them abdullah senussi who was the former intelligence chief of the libyan leader moammar gadhafi as well as safe as number who was the
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apparent and also the only gadhafi son to be held in custody now the charges they are facing include murder inciting rape and kidnapping used as well as forming armed groups in violation of the nor the libyan authorities are insisting that the men will get a fair trial but human rights groups as well as many in the international community believe that this is not going to happen and that the authorities are actually simply incapable of being able to do this since the capture of the men in the hague has repeatedly castigated the libyan authorities for not handing them over to face him who are crimes as well as crimes against humanity if the trial and when this trial goes ahead in libya it is in direct defiance of international criminal court rulings and the court can complain to the united nations security council what is interesting is that it was the libyan rebels themselves before they came to government and with the forefront of forming the united nations to order the
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international criminal court to action and this is what many analysts are saying when the rebels were fighting the gadhafi regime they were very quick to curry favor with the international community to call for the gadhafi family to be put on trial at the hague but no sooner do they themselves come into power the very same community that they were cooperating with very few people believe that safe will get a fair trial this case is a really taken a very long time and also the fact that they're not prepared to hand him over to the hague does suggest that all the schools with the gadhafi family are being settled this is being called the trial of the century but even those who are trying to organize it on capable of doing so. well let's take a look at the international criminal court's pursuit of siva. since the start of the libyan revolution in february twenty levon six months into the unrest the i.c.c. issued arrest warrants for both colonel gadhafi and his son on charges of crimes
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against humanity the war in libya ended with the death of moammar gadhafi at the hands of the rebels in october twenty levon the i.c.c. then started informal talks with saif al islam urging him to surrender himself to the hague however he was captured by libyan authorities while trying to leave the country in november shortly afterwards the government announced he would go on trial for war crimes in tripoli rejecting the i.c.c. is call for a for his handover saying it had no jurisdiction then in june international criminal court officials were detained by a libyan armed group for several weeks after visiting him accused of conspiring against the state since then he hasn't had access to a lawyer libya so the i.c.c. has approval for its domestic trial of gadhafi son in may this year but that request was rejected. now john jones the i.c.c. appointed lawyer for siva islam spoke to artie's oksana boyko in her talk show
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worlds apart and explained why he says there's little chance of a fair trial in libya. what do you think is the most realistic scenario what do you think is the most likely fade that key can face if he's delivered to the hague to the i.c.c. he may well stand a good chance of being acquitted and being being freed because you can have a fair trial before an international court you can have a trial in circumstances where there's an empty gadhafi which i'm told in the country they say credibility at this point of time is pretty tarnished not only by be wholely be in a fair because the i.c.c. played a very destructive very politicized role in this whole a libyan controversy and the lead up to the. ouster of more market a few but what do you think will be his most realistic fate if he is tried in libya it would not be if he would be convicted and would receive the death penalty only a couple of weeks ago a former education minister mr ibrahim was sentenced to death after
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a very short process in misrata and it's clear that it's you know if we could easily suffer the same fate. just to go back to your point about the i.c.c. and i think one has to distinguish the different organs of the i.c.c. you can talk about the prosecutor who who she chose to indict and whether that's a political decision or not but when we talk about a fair trial you have about three judges who have been chosen for their independent impartiality in their expertise and i'm confident that we would have a fair trial before the i.c.c. . on back and with the headlines but we can now watch that full interview with fox on a boycott will support. i
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got some angry but polite messages after i came out in favor of the foreign adoption ban of russian children by people in the usa this is not a dig on america i think russia or any country that respects itself should export any children to anywhere at all people tell me that i'm paranoid that the decision to stop the foreign adoptions punishes the children when a massive reuters investigation called the child exchange has exposed some dark secrets about adoption of foreign children they expose it often by using the term re homing which is normally about finding new homes for animals people are basically advertising adopted children they don't want like baseball cards on e bay found out that on just one yahoo group of child a week was offered up to the public my wonder what kind of people want to discreetly get children off the internet the thing is that in the us adopting a child from overseas is hard but transferring them to someone else later on is
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a breeze all you need is a notarized power of attorney document to clearing the child is another adult's care so for those of you who think that i am a cruel nationals because i support russians the option ban than take a look at the child exchange and you might just start to see my point but that's just my opinion. a lot of welcome to all the parties next month mark t. here is the brutal killing of the former libyan leader moammar gadhafi by the may twenty fifth militia and while he's at. it while in retrospect it may actually be an vehicle compared to the fate of his eldest son faithful islam who for the past
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twenty months has been held in solitary confinement awaiting trial will justice be ever certain and he. what is justice in more than daily be able to discuss that i'm now joined by joan jones a british lawyer representing safe all islam gadhafi mr jones thank you very much for your time now as far as i understand your client is expected to appear in court on september nineteenth but those charges have nothing to do with the two thousand and eleven revolution as far as i understand he is accused of trying to escape an insulting believe the flag now compared to you know the main charges against pm which are crimes against humanity these these offenses seem pretty minor and yet they're taking the priority he's being tried on them another on the main charges against him could you update us on this case because it's so pretty messy it's hard to make sense from all the conflicting media reports that we are getting. to be sure of what's going on in libya because.

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